There is a whole universe in your brain, but did you ever think that your brain could be a reflection of the vast universe there?
The network of neurons in the brain and the network of galaxies in space can actually be a reflection of each other. This is what you get when you bring together the minds of an astrophysicist and a neurosurgeon. As well as being two of the most complex systems in nature, the number of neurons in your brain is ominously close to the number of galaxies in the observable universe. Neurons form in long strands or nodes between strands, just like galaxies, and there is mass or energy that seems to play a passive role in both, the water in the brain versus the dark energy in empty space.
It is unlikely that astrophysicist Franco Vaca and neurosurgeon Alberto Feleti, who recently published a study in Limits in physics, have combined their knowledge of the brain and space into something with the potential to develop both sciences further than they have ever gone. This research and the work that inspires the future can revolutionize both cosmology and neurosurgery.
“Our study tries to show that with the help of shared statistical tools, both networks can be quantified, and we found a good degree of structural similarity on a wide range of scales,”
The human brain and the structure of the universe are two of the most complex systems in nature. Everything in our brain is interconnected, from the molecular level to networks of neurons and other cells that create even more complex structures. So is everything in the universe (at least what we can see from it). It begins at the molecular level when the Big Bang disappears like a firework out of nothing and these molecules create larger molecules that continue to accumulate and eventually turn into stars, planets, asteroids, comets and other objects born of rotating disks. of gas and dust. Many of these objects became their own star systems, and groups of star systems formed entire galaxies.
Now think about it. There is a network of about 69 billion neurons in your brain. There are at least 100 billion galaxies in the observed universe. 70 percent of the brain is water, while the same percentage of interstellar things is dark energy. Examining the spectral density or power of a signal, as opposed to its frequency, Vazza and Feletti found that fluctuations in the cosmic network are on the same scale as those distributed in the network of neurons in the cerebellum, which primarily voluntarily feed motion, balance. , coordination and posture.
Although the proportions may not always be accurate, they are still a little scary. There is still a huge difference despite all these potentially disturbing mirror images.
“The biggest difference between our brains and the universe is how they process their information content,” Vase said. “In the case of the space network, this is the three-dimensional structure of galaxies. In the human brain, it is recorded through the local connection of neurons at very different speeds. Some qualitative estimates suggest that the human brain has a computing power about 10 to 17 times faster than the space network – meaning that the local organization of the human brain can change extremely quickly than galaxies can do. “
Whether this is more fascinating or even scarier is hard to say. It is undeniable that both networks, the one in our heads and the one above our heads, are both organizations of clusters and nodes, whether they are made up of molecules and neurons or stellar systems and galaxies. Vazza conducts simulations, revealing, among other things, what makes our brain a reflection of something much bigger and almost unattainable, something else unreal. In fact, there is less similarity between the universe and a galaxy or brain and a neuron than between the brain and the universe as systems.
Finding parallels between the brain and the end line sheds light on the things that each branch of science can borrow from the other. The similarities between such complex networks could also mean incredible discoveries, because if something in the universe could have consequences for something in the brain or vice versa, there could be great scientific progress depending on the results of simulations and experiments.
“Our work reveals how such different systems (actually sitting at opposite extremes on a cosmic scale) can evolve in complex ways that physical laws combine to develop macro objects, or in this case networks of events. “We said that this will lead to new research in the near future.”
That should blow your mind.